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fire from political opponents in washington today said enough. susan rice, the ambassador to the u.n., so embattled over the tragedy in benghazi, said she will not go through a bruising nomination fight to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state. so, what happened behind closed doors? why now? and whom will the president pick to represent america on the world stage? abc's senior white house correspondent jake tapper has all the details right now. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, ambassador susan rice withdrew her name from consideration to be secretary of state after weeks of bruising political battles and a cacophony of criticism. in a letter to the president today, u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice wrote, "the position of secretary of state should never be politicized. i am saddened that we have reached this point even before you have decided whom to nominate." and she shared the news on nbc. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive, because there are so many th
in oregon, and shutting down rail service in parts of washington state after 11 landslides in three days. the weather this weekend is a whole lot quieter, so good news, aside from the storm in the west. next question, who gets a white christmas? look at this map. the rockies, the plains, where we had the blizzard, plenty of cold to keep the snow there and northeast and new england could see a little fresh white, at least in some parts. cynthia? >> thank you, ginger. >>> we move on to a somber anniversary. at 9:30 this morning, the nation observed a moment of silence to mark one week since the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. church bells rang out, one for each victim and two more for the shooter and his mother. >>> in washington, the president marked the moment, bowing his head in the oval office. within hours, another kind of silence was broken with the powerful national rifle association's defiant new message. here's abc's senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas. >> the nra has blood on its hands! shame on the nra! >> reporter: the nra leader had barely begun when protesters blamed
means no skiing. yet. this resort in washington state has had to wait. >> impatiently. to get our show on the road here. >> reporter: less snow helped make it even warmer this past week. almost 700 record high temperatures have been set in the past five days. all of that will contribute to 2012 likely becoming the warmest on record in the lower 48. while one week or one season can not tell a climate story, a longer range report card was released by noaa today. the subject? the arctic, where records were broken this year. in 2012, there was less snow -- and more sea ice melting -- than they've ever measured before. satellites started measuring arctic ice in 1979. since then, half has disappeared. and just this year, 4.5 million square miles melted away, an area the size of the u.s. and mexico, combined. >> melting on the green land ice sheet is a big concern, because that moving water that's curr t currently thawed in the ice, moving it into the ocean, if that continues, that's going to have an impact on people that live in coastal regions. >> reporter: sea levels rising in vulnerable
two beasts coming east. tell us what we're in store for. >> that's right. places like washington, d.c., which only has snow about 1 in 12 chance on christmas day. have a closer chance. i have to show this first storm. the last time they had snow on christmas is 2002. it's been ten years, they deserve a little. it's going to come up monday into tuesday. this is storm one. i think this is going to affect travel. especially those short trips from grandma's house, from new england and as this moves off-shore that would with storm one and problem one. but this is the bigger one, it drops out of the rockies on monday. oklahoma could see see snow on christmas. places like arkansas could have a white christmas. and look at the thunderstorms, it's much like last week, severe weather is possible. then this thing moves just like a checkmark, right up to the mid-atlantic, to wednesday and thursday, when a lot of folks are heading home, it looks like we could be seeing some travel troubles. >> ginger zee, the only person i know who gets this excited about storms. ginger, appreciate it. >>> if yo
, from washington up through philly, new york and boston. this is just one of the many scenes on american highways tonight. this is i-83 outside of harrisburg. where several cars collided in the snow. several people were taken to the the hospital. already this evening the flight cancellations are growing, more than 450 and counting. at this hour, triggering a ripple effect as people travel for new year's. so, we begin tonight with abc meteorologist ginger zee. ginger, good evening. >> good evening, david. blustery here. more snow just west of us. 2 or 6 inches of snow, that's on top where they already saw record numbers this week. as millions of us return from family gatherings, or take off for new festivities, another snowstorm is thwarting our trek. in king of prussia, they were sliding through intersections. on a fresh few inches. near harrisburg, pennsylvania, two tractor-trailers crashed. shutting down interstate 83. slowing traffic to a crawl. thanks to the snowing mess, the speed limit on about 300 miles of the pennsylvania turnpike was shaved to 45 miles per hour. hundreds of flig
not sufficiently been addressed. >> reporter: in other words, no. many americans turn to washington in their grief for answers as to what they can do, what society can do to prevent future sandy hooks. they did not hear any answers coming from the white house. diane? >> all right, jake, thanks. >>> and still ahead here on "world news," that question of mental health. we have been hearing from parents coming out of the shadows and worried about their troubled children. saying they need help. what is the solution for them? what can be done? that's next. ♪ [ male announcer ] with free package pickup from the u.s. postal service the holidays are easy. visit usps.com. pay, print, and have it picked up for free before december 20h for delivery in time for the holidays. you can even give us special instructions on where to find it. free package pickup. from the u.s. postal service. because it's nice to have an extra pair of hands around for the holidays. a delicious new way to get essential vitamins you need. just bite into the tasty shell... to a chewy vitamin core for a unique multivitamin sensation!
. there are finally signs of life here in washington. after meeting with congressional leaders here at the white house, the president pronounced himself modestly optimistic that a bipartisan agreement can finally be struck that would prevent taxes from going up on virtually everybody in just four days. after meeting with the congressional leaders, the president said there would be one more effort to come to a bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically, self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: there are signs of progress. mitch mcconnell and harry reid have agreed to spend the next 24 hours trying to come to a bipartisan agreement on a smaller fallback plan to keep at least some taxes from going up. after the meeting, house democrat leader nancy pelosi told us she's at least a little encouraged. >> it was constructive. as i say, candor is constructive, and i think it moved us forward, but we'll see. >> reporter: it was the first meeting with the president and a
on this sunday night, great to have you with us. we begin with the developing story from washington. those 11th hour talks to avoid the fiscal cliff. this evening here after they came to a halt, the vice president has been called in, now playing a central role. but time is running out. just tonight and tomorrow left. and if no agreement, taxes will go up for all americans. in fact, the average american family would see a tax increase of more than $3,400. as congress convened, even the senate chaplain praying to avoid what the president first called "self-inflicted wounds." let's bring in jon karl. he's been at his post every step of the way. the source has told you the vice president has been called in on this. >> reporter: that's right. i'm told the vice president is now playing a direct role in these negotiations, trying to get to a deal, a last-minute deal, a key player in the final hours. president obama set off the high-stakes weekend scramble friday night, imploring congressional leaders to take action immediately. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politicall
flu. >>> challenge on the u.s. fiscal crisis, the texas woman taking on washington and saying, if congress can't solve it, cut off their paychecks until they do. >>> and eyes wide shut. you will see our reporter behind the wheel, his eyes open, his brain asleep. an abc news experiment on drowsy drivers out cold, and they don't even know it. >>> good evening. we begin with that announcement out of england today that rocketed around the world. the future queen, kate middleton, expecting her first child, but she was rushed to the hospital, prince william by her side. abc's lama hasan is here. we talked with sources inside the palace, and she has the latest on what happened. lama. >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, the couple had been so tightly lipped about the pregnancy that some here at the palace the queen, prince charles and other members of the royal family reportedly only found out about it today. but when kate was hospitalized, the palace decided it was time to break the news to the world. the last time the world saw kate middleton was on friday, a picture of health p
had an extraordinary conversation today in washington, as well. with a group of people who are making history. it has taken 224 years, but for the first time, a record 20 women will be serving in the united states senate. and today, many of them gathered with me and some of them said women do lead in a different way. and women would have already brokered that deal on the fiscal cliff. >> i think, if we were in charge of the senate, and of the administration, that we would have a budget deal by now. >> reporter: do you all believe that? >> yes, without a doubt. >> yes. >> and what i find, with all due deference to our male colleagues, that women's style tend to be more collaborative. >> i think by nature we are less confrontational and more collaborative. and having us in the room and, i think, you know, all of us, not only do we want to work in a bipartisan way, we do it. >> i want you to know that soon, you'll see the whole interview with the powerhouse women of the senate. they are here to take action. and you have to see what they're going to be saying. >>> and now, we turn to that
is the day that all the major cities in the northeast from washington to boston will be affected. most likely a couple of inches of snow. because i don't think the storm will really explode until it is well off the coast. but if it intensifies more quickly, those amounts could be higher. we have to watch that very carefully. >> we know you'll be watching it. harvey leonard in boston tonight. thank you. >>> we're going to turn to the other part of the country cleaning up after that massive system. nearly three dozen reported twisters and now the aftermath. and a new portrait tonight of what it was like when those tornadoes barreled through. here's abc's matt gutman now. >> reporter: this surveillance video from a walgreens here in mobile showing the very gut of a tornado. the wind first blasts around debris. the lightning flashes, blinding. then the darkening funnel, dense with debris, begins sucking in cars, lifting them up, slamming them down. inside, this man in uniform, poking his head outside. a man wheeling his cart towards the door, then the sprint to safety. miraculously, no one was se
? >> parents with patience. our bill weir one of them. lisa stark in washington tonight. lisa, thank you. >>> and the weather causing fear to the south, as well end tonight. we told you about the twisters, this evening, just as so many families try to clean up, we got reports of a tornado touching down near the outer banks. they're bracing for more across the region now, and abc's matt gutman is in alabama tonight. >> reporter: the giant tornado carving destruction into the heart of this city. >> christmas day tornado, going through mobile. look at them. that's like two tornadoes. >> reporter: this ef-1 twister, with winds up to 110 miles per hour, exploding into this church, snapping trees and mangling mansions. over 150,000 homes still without power. neighbors joining work crews, offering a shoulder and a hand. tessie and russell johnson held on tight to each other as the twister roared through. and you said it lasted for just a short time? >> yeah, about 30 seconds. that's all it took. >> we were saying i love you a lot. >> yeah. >> reporter: this family also lucky to be alive. ashley
might even say he'll inherit these problems. >> reporter: there's a lot of bah humbug in washington, d.c. these days. 'tis the season to be surly. the president told bloomberg television that without tax rates going up on the wealthiest americans, there will be no deal to avert going over the fiscal cliff. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: house republicans are adamant, no tax rate increases. >> we're willing to put revenues on the table. revenues that come from closing loopholes, getting rid of special interest deductions and not raising rates. >> reporter: but what the republicans are offering sounds a lot like what the president wanted during last year's budget showdown. >> give us $1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions. >> reporter: today, however, the president says those moves will not be enough. and the latest pew poll shows a lot of public pessimism. with 49% of the public sayin
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